Brett Marshall, 20, is a right handed pitcher who is listed at 6-0 and 195-pounds. He was born in Highlands, Texas and raised near Houston in Baytown, Texas where he went to Sterling High School. Marshall was named the All-Houston Area Player of the Year his senior year after going 10-2 with a 2.27 ERA.
Drafted out of high school, Marshall was commited to Rice University when the Yankees took him in the 6th round. He would have gone higher in the draft, but signability issues dropped him far enough so the Yankees could grab him. It cost them $850,000 to sign him.
Marshall was light in signing with the Yankees so he only pitched in three games in the Gulf Coast League in 2008. In just six innings there he had a 0.00 ERA, eight strikeouts, and two walks.
Marshall was signed as a raw pitcher who threw mainly fastballs and sliders. By his first full season as a pro the Yankees had worked extensively to refine his mechanics, improve his changeup, and scrap his slider for a curveball. The results weren’t immediately pretty as Marshall pitched in 16 games for the Low-A Charleston RiverDogs. In 87.1 innings he had a 5.56 ERA a 6.2 K/9 and a 3.8 BB/9. To top that off his season ended in the middle of July with Tommy John surgery.
If 2009 was a bit of a disappointment, 2010 was the opposite. He used his time away from the field to help further refine his mechanics, he ditched the curveball and went back to his slider, and he added a two-seam fastball.
He started the 2010 season in the GCL and after two games there he was promoted back to Low-A Charleston where he pitched the bulk of his season. Over 13 starts and 72 innings, he had a 2.50 ERA, a 7.0 K/9, and a 2.8 BB/9. Across the board he was better in 2010 than 2009 which earned him a late season promotion to High-A Tampa. In one game there he threw four innings, struck out six, and walked none.
Marshall now boasts a plus fastball that sits in the 92-95 mph range, occasionally hitting 97. He complements that with a two-seam fastball, a solid changeup, and a slider with loads of potential.
Marshalls mechanics have changed quite a bit since the Yankees signed him. He was once very raw, but has put in an extreme effort to improve himself and his time away from the field with Tommy John surgery only helped him work on the mechanical aspect of his game even more. He once was a max effort type, trying to throw 100 mph with each pitch, he now has taken a more finesse approach, but is still able to throw up to 95 mph. It has given him better command and should make him a better pitcher long term.
Marshall seems to have ace potential at this point, but is far away from fulfilling that promise at this point. He’ll likely start the 2011 season in High-A Tampa and his most important goal should be to just continue what he started in 2010 and get a full season under his belt.
If he pitches well enough he could earn a promotion to Double-A midway through the season, but there really is no rush at this point. He’s still just 20, although he’ll be 21 by the start of the season, and getting experience is an important part of his development at this point. He is not nearly as far along as other pitchers we’ve seen in our Prospect Profiles series at this point. Think 2013 with Marshall.
|A (2 seasons)||7||8||4.18||30||159.1||150||74||9||59||116||1.312||8.5||0.5||3.3||6.6|
|Rk (2 seasons)||0||0||1.29||5||14.0||8||2||0||6||16||1.000||5.1||0.0||3.9||10.3|
|A+ (1 season)||0||0||4.50||1||4.0||5||2||0||0||6||1.250||11.2||0.0||0.0||13.5|